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Facebook will let politicians run false ads during UK elections

Facebook's policy of allowing politicians to run false ads is going to get tested in short order. CNN Business has confirmed that the social network won't fact-check candidates' ads in the weeks ahead of the UK election on December 12th. It will ba… Source: Engadget | Facebook will let politicians run false ads during UK …

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Instagram is trying to shut down stalking app Like Patrol

Whether it's a parent checking in or a jealous boyfriend keeping tabs on his ex, stalkers are going to stalk. There are several apps that enable this type of behavior, and Like Patrol is one of them. The app scrapes Instagram data, allowing users to… Source: Engadget | Instagram is trying to shut down stalking …

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Dropbox adds Extensions for Gmail, WhatsApp, Vimeo and more

Dropbox introduced Extensions last year to help mitigate the fuss of switching between apps — the new function let users take action directly on files stored within Dropbox. Now, the company has announced it's doubling the number of Extensions with… Source: Engadget | Dropbox adds Extensions for Gmail, WhatsApp, Vimeo and more

Facebook takes down fake political ad meant to test its fact checking

Facebook's stance on truth in political ads has been put to the test. The social media giant has removed a 'stunt' ad from a Political Action Committee, the Really Online Lefty League, that falsely claimed Republican Senator Lindsey Graham supported… Source: Engadget | Facebook takes down fake political ad meant to test its fact checking

Facebook AI can 'hide' people from facial recognition

Facebook has already stopped using facial recognition by default, but now it might have a way for people to dodge facial recognition altogether. Its researchers have developed an AI system that can "de-identify" people in real time, including live v… Source: Engadget | Facebook AI can 'hide' people from facial recognition

Recommended Reading: How memes became political weapons

How memes got weaponized: A short history Joan Donovan, MIT Technology Review Memes are entertaining, but they've also become key weapons in politics and the spread of misinformation. This piece starts with just one of many insane stories: "In Oct… Source: Engadget | Recommended Reading: How memes became political weapons

Facebook’s 2020 election 'protections' still allow for lying politicians

Today, Facebook outlined new measures to stop abuse and interference in the 2020 election. They include safeguards meant to make Facebook more secure and transparent, but they make one glaring omission. The new policies don't change Facebook's rules… Source: Engadget | Facebook’s 2020 election 'protections' still allow for lying politicians

Facebook expands its reward program for data abuse reports

Facebook is broadening its data abuse bounty program to reward more security sleuths. As of today, researchers can earn at least $500 when they find Facebook data vulnerabilities in third-party apps and sites using active penetration tests, not just… Source: Engadget | Facebook expands its reward program for data abuse reports

Instagram gives you more control over data shared with third-party apps

Instagram has been tightening the reins on third-party apps for a while, and now it's putting more of that control in your hands. It's adding more powerful controls over data sharing that let you quickly shut down a sketchy app. There's a new autho… Source: Engadget | Instagram gives you more control over data shared …

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Walmart will take on Amazon with discounted third-party products

Walmart wants some of your holiday shopping money, and it has launched a new program that could make you think twice about buying everything from Amazon. According to Bloomberg, the retail giant plans to offer limited time sales on items from third-p… Source: Engadget | Walmart will take on Amazon with discounted third-party products

Facebook's Libra loses one more member as its council becomes official

Facebook couldn't avoid losing another Libra Association member before it formalized the cryptocurrency's council. Booking Holding, the company behind Booking.com, Kayak and Priceline, has withdrawn from the Libra Association just before the organiz… Source: Engadget | Facebook's Libra loses one more member as its council becomes official

DOJ asks Facebook to halt end-to-end encryption plans (updated)

The Department of Justice is set to ask Facebook to pause plans for end-to-end encryption across all of its messaging services. It will urge the company not to move forward "without ensuring that there is no reduction to user safety." Source: Engadget | DOJ asks Facebook to halt end-to-end encryption plans (updated)

Facebook's new misinformation policy doesn’t include political ads

Facebook has updated its policies to make it even easier for politicians to post misleading ads. In a change first spotted by Popular Information, the company has narrowed down what it defines as "misinformation." Prior to this week, Facebook's guide… Source: Engadget | Facebook's new misinformation policy doesn’t include political ads

Instagram's Threads is a camera app for sharing with your closest friends

If you want to get a glimpse of Mark Zuckerberg's "privacy-focused" vision for Facebook, then look no further than Instagram's new social app: Threads. This new standalone, camera-first messaging app is an extension of Instagram's Close Friends featu… Source: Engadget | Instagram's Threads is a camera app for sharing with your closest friends

How ILMxLAB's 'Vader Immortal' is bringing 'Star Wars' into VR

The first episode of ILMxLAB's Vader Immortal for the Oculus Quest and Rift got everything right: the scale of volcanic Mustafar, the imposing presence of Darth Vader himself, and the joy of swinging a light saber. Where could they go next? How about… Source: Engadget | How ILMxLAB's 'Vader Immortal' is bringing 'Star Wars' into …

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